5 Best Speed Math Apps for Children

Apps for maths speed make learning engaging for your blossoming mathematician. Our recommended apps help kids develop math skills in a simple and fun way. 
There are teaching techniques available to solve math problems with ease and speed. Instead of relying on calculators, children learn strategies that can improve their concentration and estimation skills while building number sense. And, while there are educators who oppose math “tricks” for valid reasons, proponents point to benefits such as increased confidence to handle difficult problems.
These apps will be helpful to test speed and accuracy in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Here are 5 apps for children to help them solve math problems faster.
Duck on the Run

( Android - £4.49 , iPad - £4.99 )

Give your child maths practise as they help Duck evade the clutches of Pig in this colourful and amusing app.  As children play, they will also be helping educationalists understand more about learning, and so will be contributing to science themselves. Parents should encourage their children to focus on clear maths learning goals: speed, accuracy, or time. They will have the ability to set targets and track progress. 

Rocket Math Multiply at School

( iPad - £2.99 )

Rocket Math is an offshoot of an existing programme for schools designed to increase children's speed and fluency in answering simple arithmetic. This app encourages frequent short sessions and is supported by plenty of information explaining its purpose and methods. 

Repeat practice and a steady increase in the breadth of the covered arithmetic are at the heart of its methods. Children are taken through a series of stages in which they are faced with a rapid succession of arithmetic questions.  Remember, the purpose of this app is to build fluency in frequently encountered arithmetic problems, not complex ones.


( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Designed by maths teachers, Doodle Maths adapts to meet you child's current ability and knowledge - just like a teacher would.  It facilitates frequent practise and provides help and support to learners who are subscribed to the service.

Children are prompted to complete a short selection of tasks each day.  These cover various topics in maths and, following a short assessment task, are chosen to keep your child's knowledge fresh and to address weaknesses. 

Math Racer 3.0 - Addition and Subtraction

( iPad - £2.99 )

Math Racer is a simple, powerful effective app that achieves exactly what it sets out to do and help practice Maths at speed! Highly engaging, stimulating and users are constantly challenged to improve their previous scores. User must select one of seven skills: the first four skills comprise of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division); the next two options allow them to practice a combination of addition/subtraction, or multiplication/division; while the final feature combines all four operations.

Quick Maths - Arithmetic & Times Table Game

( iPad - £1.49 )

Quick Math – Multiplication Table & Arithmetic Game is a high-speed, flash card style game that puts math skills to the test. This app turns doing times tables and practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division into a challenging sport by timing and tracking a player's progress.  

The app focuses on building fluency, so kids don't get much instruction. However, they get plenty of practice with key arithmetic and estimation skills. Kids are working on one problem, they see the next one coming up. This helps them improve speed and estimation, which are powerful tools when trying to master core math skills.

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